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sneak peek: heather chontos


it’s all girls in the windsor terrace, brooklyn home of art director, stylist and painter heather chontos. heather has created this serene home for herself and two daughters – kodie, 11, and zana, 2.  she has a fascinating background – first studied egyptology in barcelona, then on to london where she studied art history and material studies (focusing on the science of painting and drawing conservation). and has since worked with an impressive roster of clients – everyone from italian vogue to anthropologie – and has partnered with some amazing photographers. but what really has all of us drooling are her incredible paintings (see more on heather’s blog) so lovely! {thanks, heather, kodie and zana!} -amy a.

[I change the interior of this space almost monthly. Through my work, I see so many things that inspire a constant change of style. I like modern clean lines mixed with really old rough, falling apart things. I grew up in a cluttered house and as a result, can’t stand clutter. I have too much stuff as it is - a side effect of my work. I love the old French white plaster walls and wrecked furniture, but I also love Danish modern wooden clean beautiful tables and cabinets. I guess I like “simple chaos” in my interior.]


[photo above: The light in this apartment is very beautiful and makes everything glow. I love my bird sculpture - it is from Haiti.]


[photo above: This a new one that I don’t think I can part with! It is a collage and oil painting, 8 feet high, 6 feet wide. I love the size, I am working on an even bigger one!]

CLICK HERE for more of Heather’s peek & all the images on one page!


[photo above: This stool is one of my favorite eBay wins!]


[photo above: The longhorn skull is reminiscent of the time that I spent in Texas and New Mexico these last few years. When a good friend, whose family has a Western cattle ranch, explained to me how it got to be so white, I wondered if it should be in the kitchen!  (Apparently, they put the longhorn skull on a red ant mound - the ants eat all the flesh and make it perfectly clean!)]


[photo above: My older daughter Kodie, 11,  cooks properly with me in the kitchen, but Zana is not even 2 yet, so we got her a little play kitchen.]


[photo above: I work commercially as  a prop stylist and set designer on photo shoots. I have worked mainly in print, but am looking forward to working in film. I have been fortunate to work with some amazing photographers over the years. It has been an amazing learning process for the last 12 years. I love to create the scenario of someone else’s world, a space that represents a fantasy or a reality. That is why I do set design and the props - the everyday objects in a person's home are can be quite significant as a demonstration of personality and style.]


[photo above: This is where the girls cause a lot of trouble. There is a lot of bed jumping and then trips to the ER. I made these huge paper flowers for a shoot and brought them home to put all over their room. Kodie wanted a floral/jungle theme - I guess because they are monkeys.]

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27 Comments

olha

swoon! I want all those collectibles around the house – great eye for detail ;)

helen rawlinson

I love the colour combinations in this home and the paintings are beautiful! The cushions on the bed in the first photo are what drew me in…just up my street!

Debra

She has a beautiful and yet fun and relaxing place that you can really live in and enjoy I love the artwork.

Sharon

love the last pic of the bed with all the diff pillows – makes me want to make one in every color, also love the white bed with simple pillows, looks like my bed and makes me want to make new pillows for it too:)

PierreB

Wow, gorgious and so personal. Where did you get the grey-white leaves carpet ?

heather J CHONTOS

Thanks for all the compliments everyone, it is much appreciated! Just a few quick notes the rug: it was a sale item at West Elm they have a few in different sizes and the beautiful cushions on my bed were a gift from Dwell because little Zana modeled for them for a catalog shoot!

sammyjbobo

love the light fixture in the photo with the “little kitchen.” where can i get one?

Luccella

Where did you get the coverlet on the bed (blue and white pattern with colorful reverse). It is gorgeous!

patty

A great looking creative space – I like your paintings – how nice to have the space to do such huge ones! Also fun to see your blog – where did you get the oval business cards? Did you make those yourself?

DC Sarah

i don’t even know how to formulate words right now. i am so in love with this home, and the paintings, that i am literally without speech.

Judy

Stunning, beautiful, and would love to know where one can purchase your artwork? thank you for sharing your gorgeous home!

@my

I wouldn’t be able to part with that painting either… it’s simply gorgeous ;)
~@my

Janice

I would love to know where you got the table holding up the collage and oil painting (and your shoes and such). We have a long hallway so any narrow storage options would be great!

hEATHER J CHONTOS

been out of town, so I got that in Buffalo Minnesota its an antique. I got it at the Porch when I was doign a shoot there, its a great shop.

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